Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month
talk Feb. 27 at ACS
|Parents wanting more information about Teen Dating
Violence prevention can attend a Wednesday, Feb. 27 presentation from 9
to 10 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111, at Fort
Amanda Falkers, new Fort McCoy victim advocate, said Teen Dating
Violence prevention is observed during February. The Department of
Justice defines the most at-risk population as youth in the age 16 to 24
bracket, who have a risk triple the rate of any other group.
“Teen dating violence can happen to anyone,” Falkers said. “This month
helps raise parental awareness.”
The Feb. 27 event will last approximately one hour and include a
question-and-answer-session. Falkers said it will feature facts about
teen dating violence and what to do to prevent it.
Terry Rogalla, Fort McCoy Family Advocacy program manager, said one of
the keys to preventing teen dating violence is good communication
between parents and youth.
“The biggest problems we see are when parents don’t know what’s going on
with their children or who they’re hanging out with,” Rogalla said. “We
know dating violence is out there and we want to help teens and their
parents prevent it and know how to intervene when it happens. Having
open communication and a solid relationship with each other is essential
to this effort.”
Having the Family Advocacy program, among other resources, provides
information to the Fort McCoy community and enables any interested
person to research the topic to help them become aware of the issue and
how to prevent it, Rogalla said. In addition, taking steps against teen
dating violence also can help prevent future domestic violence problems
by helping youth know how to make safer and healthier relationship
decisions when they are younger and beginning to date.
The Army Community Service (ACS) Center also has a Resource Library with
information about many Family related topics, including teen dating
violence, he said. Authorized patrons can check out the materials to use
on and off the installation.
For more information about Teen Dating Violence prevention, call ACS at
608-388-3505 or stop in at 2111 South 8th Ave.